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Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

Senator Tom Kean

Kean Statement on Tax Day

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While April 18 is Tax Day, the day state and federal income taxes must be filed, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean warned New Jersey residents that they aren’t off the hook just yet.

Although April 18 is Tax Day, Sen. Tom Kean noted that Tax Freedom Day for New Jersey residents is May 12 due to the state’s high tax burden. (SenateNJ.com)

“With a state and local tax burden that is among the worst in the nation, New Jersey’s residents have to dedicate every dollar they earn from New Years Day to May 12 to pay their tax bills for the year,” said Kean. “This crushing tax burden is what’s driving residents, businesses and jobs from New Jersey to lower-tax states.”

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Kean: $200 Million Employer Tax Cut Result of Forced UI Fund Discipline

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said that the restoration of the New Jersey Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund to full solvency and a resulting $200 million tax cut just announced for employers started with the approval of a constitutional amendment he sponsored to prohibit the fund from being raided to pay for other budgetary items.

Kean sponsored SCR-60, which appeared on the 2010 ballot as Public Question No. 1, to prevent raids of the New Jersey Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.

“In the years before Public Question No. 1 was approved by voters in 2010, more than $5 billion had been diverted from the state’s UI fund to support other spending,” said Kean. “We warned before 2008 that what seemed to be large UI fund surpluses could quickly turn negative in an economic downtown. Unfortunately, we were proven right.”

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Kean on Walter Timpone’s Nomination to the New Jersey Supreme Court

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement following the nomination of Walter Timpone to the New Jersey Supreme Court:

Sen. Tom Kean’s statement on the nomination of Walter Timpone to the New Jersey Supreme Court. (©iStock)

“Today’s nomination of Walter Timpone represents the first opportunity in six years for the New Jersey Supreme Court to be fully staffed by confirmed justices.

“I hope this is the first step in clearing a large backlog of nominations that has left dozens of courtrooms empty and threatened speedy justice in New Jersey.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Statement on Port Authority Reforms

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said that New Jersey Senate and Assembly Democrats can stop being contrarian and obstructionist by joining New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R), New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), the New York Legislature, and Senate and Assembly Republicans to support the enactment of consensus Port Authority reform legislation, S-355.

Sen. Tom Kean called on New Jersey Democrats to stop blocking consensus legislation, S-355, that provides the only real opportunity to enact Port Authority reforms. (Facebook/PANYNJ)

“There is broad, bipartisan agreement on both sides of the Hudson that we need to implement S-355 to increase transparency, improve efficiency and prevent abuses at the Port Authority,” said Kean. “Despite this, New Jersey Senate and Assembly Democrats remain a roadblock to enacting this critical Port Authority reform legislation.”

S-355, sponsored by Kean, provides governance, transparency, and accountability reforms at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. It is identical to legislation already approved by the New York Legislature and signed into law by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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NJ Senate Leaders Recognize Historic Commitment to New Manhattan Bus Terminal

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Sweeney, Kean, Weinberg, Gordon, Sarlo & Kyrillos Join With Port Authority Official, Transportation Advocates & Commuters in NYC on Plan to Build New Terminal

Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, Senator Paul Sarlo, Senator Bob Gordon and Senator Joe Kyrillos joined with transportation advocates and commuters to continue to promote the need for a new bus terminal and to praise the bi-state leadership of the Port Authority, especially Chairman John Degnan, for their support for the historic plan recently approved by the Port Authority to construct the new facility in Manhattan.

Pictured from left to right: Sen. Sweeney, Sen. Kean, Sen. Weinberg, Sen. Sarlo, Sen. Kyrillos and Sen. Gordon. (SenateNJ.com)

“We worked together across the aisle to stand up for New Jersey’s commuters, and the final decision to build the replacement terminal in Manhattan represents a real victory for our state,” said Senator Kean. “The agreement is recognition that our commuters demand and deserve mass transportation that is both fast and convenient. A bus terminal in New Jersey, as some had proposed, would have been neither.”

“This is an historic achievement that will serve the critical transportation needs of the entire region for generations to come,” said Senator Sweeney, referring to the Port Authority’s vote to include the construction of a new bus terminal in its capital plan. “My colleagues in the New Jersey Senate and I have been fighting for this for years as a top priority so we are all grateful for the support of both governors and the Port Authority’s leadership. They helped to make this happen.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean: Port Authority’s Bus, Rail & Airport Plans Good for New Jersey

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean praised the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s for considering resolutions that outline plans for long-term bus, rail and airport infrastructure improvements that benefit New Jersey and its commuters.

Kean attended the meeting of the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners on March 24.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said the Port Authority’s long-term plans to improve bus, rail and airport infrastructure are good for New Jersey. (Flickr)

“Today’s actions by the Port Authority represent a win for New Jersey commuters,” said Kean. “We fought to preserve a one-seat ride for bus riders into Manhattan, and we succeeded.”

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Kean Statement on Brussels Terror Attacks

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean offered the following statement following this morning’s dual terrorist bombings in Brussels, Belgium:

Sen. Tom Kean responded to the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium on March 22, 2016.

“The innocent people who were lost in today’s cowardly attacks have our prayers, and the brave responders our admiration.

“New Jersey stands with the people of Belgium and all of those who stand defiant against this ideology of hate and fear.”

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Kean & Oroho Tour Project Self-Sufficiency in Sussex to Highlight Charitable Giving Legislation

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Steven Oroho toured Project Self-Sufficiency of Sussex County on to promote new legislation that would support charitable giving to New Jersey’s non-profit and charitable organizations.

Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Steven Oroho toured Project Self-Sufficiency of Sussex County on March 21, 2016. Click for full-size image. (SenateNJ.com)

Since 1986, Project Self-Sufficiency has helped thousands of families in northwestern New Jersey to break the generational cycle of poverty, by addressing education, employment, parenting skills, legal problems, counseling and the many other interlocking issues experienced by families in need. The organization serves single parents, teen parents, displaced homemakers, adults, children, senior citizens and two-parent households.

“Project Self-Sufficiency is the perfect example of a community-based charitable organization that would benefit from our legislation encouraging charitable giving,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “With increased fundraising, Project Self-Sufficiency could expand their already impressive efforts to improve the lives of struggling families in the region. Our legislation will make donating more affordable for those who wish to support their charitable efforts.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY (3/21): Kean & Oroho to Tour Project Self-Sufficiency, Promote New Legislation to Strengthen NJ Charities

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Steven Oroho are touring Project Self-Sufficiency on Monday, March 21 to highlight the organization’s comprehensive efforts to assist low-income individuals and families, as well as to promote new legislation that would increase resources for New Jersey charities.

Who: Senators Tom Kean and Steven Oroho, hosted by Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director, Project Self-Sufficiency

What: Touring Project Self-Sufficiency, highlighting legislation to help New Jersey’s non-profits and charities

When: Monday, March 21, 2016, at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Project Self-Sufficiency, 127 Mill Street, Newton, NJ 07860

Event Contacts: Emily Everson – (609) 847-3600

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Senator Kevin O'Toole
Senator Tom Kean

Senate Passes Kean/O’Toole “Upskirting” Bill

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The New Jersey Senate unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Republican Senators Tom Kean (Union, Somerset, Morris) and Kevin O’Toole (Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) that would prohibit “upskirting” pictures by adding the offense to the state’s invasion of privacy laws.

Legislation by Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Kevin O’Toole updates the state’s invasion of privacy laws to prohibit “upskirting.” (SenateNJ.com)

“Upskirting” occurs when a person is filmed or photographed underneath their clothing without their consent and when they would not expect to be exposed in that fashion.

“With cellphone cameras now almost ubiquitous throughout our society, there are more chances for voyeurs to exploit people’s privacy,” Kean said. “We need to make sure our laws are equipped to punish people using technology to expose others when they are vulnerable or unsuspecting.”

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